DotMatrix Stack

DotMatrix | Stacks4Stacks | £FREE

Being old enough to have owned an original IBM Graphics Printer in the early 1980s and to remember those scrolling text marquees beloved of websites in the 1990s, we’re fans of this clever little stack.

Basically DotMatrix allows you to create a message that scrolls from right to left across your web page which can be used to draw attention to an announcement, or the existence of cookies, or to point to a privacy policy update and so on — in fact anything you’d like your visitors to notice.

You can type text, HTML or Markdown into the stack and although by default it’s set to fire-engine red against a black background, it’s possible to combine colours to produce something that’s altogether more modern. There is a ‘dot matrix’ text setting for those who wish to go old-school and it’s also possible to add flashing traffic lights at either end of the marquee box in order to ensure that no-one misses the message. It’s possible to add animated Font Awesome icons to your message, adjust the speed of the scrolling and the starting position of the message and although we weren’t able to preview the animation from Rapidweaver or locally using Safari, it performs perfectly when published.

Used with restraint, DotMatrix is a great way to attract your visitors attention; and thanks to the fact that you can enter any text you like into the stack you could use something like Joe Workman’s Easy CMS to allow a client to update the scrolling text whenever they like.

Like many other stacks from this developer, DotMatrix is free, but you should make a small donation if you find it useful. It’s a great little stack.

Rob Beattie

Rob Beattie is a freelance copywriter who designs sites using Rapidweaver. He's been reviewing computer hardware, software and web services since 1981. Yes...that long. And he's also the author of 101 Things to Do in a Shed , Fishing: A Very Peculiar History , and The Bluffer's Guide to Fishing